Saturday, April 16, 2011

Self-Reliant Skills

You know, like nunchuku skills, bow hunting skills, 
computer hacking skills... 
Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. 
--Napoleon Dynamite
Disasters are not the time to acquire the skills necessary for survival, and not just for survival but for happy living.  Here is a list of skills (in no particular order) that we can work on now so that when we need them we are not scrambling.

  • bread making
  • canning--both water bath and pressure canning
  • hunting, trapping
  • solar cooking
  • dehydrating
  • emergency response training
  • yogurt making
  • cheese making
  • fuel making, like bio-diesel
  • gardening
  • pruning
  • car maintenance and repair
  • water purification
  • communication, like ham radio or Morse code
  • sprouting
  • root cellaring
  • curing and smoking meat
  • sewing
  • knitting, crocheting 
  • laundering and drying clothes without a washer/dryer
  • first aid, CPR
  • fishing
  • soap making
  • fire building
  • animal husbandry
  • cloth diapering
I am sure that there are more that would be helpful in the event of a disaster.  Any skill that we take the time to learn now, will only serve us better later.  So, there you go folks, lean a new skill and make your life happy.


  1. That is quite the list, Kate. I think I can do like three of them.

  2. I hear ya, Fi. I just try to work on them one at a time. Oh, and I'm leaving the hunting to my brother-in-law Derek.



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